Dayton the target of traffic cam lawsuit

A sign advising motorists they may be monitored by traffic cameras remains in place Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Elmwood Place, Ohio, after the cameras were removed by a ruling from Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. Judge Ruehlman is set to rule on Jan. 23 whether fines collected by the village must be returned. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
A sign advising motorists they may be monitored by traffic cameras remains in place Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Elmwood Place, Ohio, after the cameras were removed by a ruling from Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. Judge Ruehlman is set to rule on Jan. 23 whether fines collected by the village must be returned. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – The city of Dayton has become the latest front in the legal assault on traffic cameras in Ohio.

Attorneys representing drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery County. Dayton attorney Tom Manning was joined by the Cincinnati-based firm of Michael K. Allen & Associates, which has won court rulings against camera use in the southwest Ohio villages of New Miami and Elmwood Place.

The new lawsuit raises the same issues as earlier cases – charging that the automated traffic enforcement for speeding and red lights is an unconstitutional violation of due process rights and that the city’s system improperly bypasses the courts.

A lawsuit against cameras in the city of Toledo is pending before the Ohio Supreme Court. Supporters say traffic cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer.

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